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God Jul - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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299 Ratings
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 59
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
19°P, 30 IBU.

Ingredients: Lager, Munich, caramel, black, and chocolate malt; Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-01-2003)
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vacax

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Initial head is small, but is beautiful and thick with tiny mocha bubbles. Between black and a deep burnt sugar brown.

S: Brown sugar, prunes, dark fruits, toffee, croissants. Unusually sweet nose.

T: Big porter, bigger than some baltic porters. Rich and smooth toffee and chocolate. Nice alcohol mixes with prunes and finishes off with a delectable roasted coffeeness.

M: Velvety, juicy, smooth carbonation. Very good.

D: Great porter. Sweet in a good way with toffee and fruits, good coffee/chocolate presence in the back drop. Not sure what prevents this from being a Baltic Porter even. Great beer that should be year round, the only heartbreaker is the price tag: around nine bucks for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 07:26:10 | More by vacax
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shroompod

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice tan head , lacing to the end of the glass. Dark brown in color.

Very faint floral hoppy aroma.

Sweet caramel malts and balanced hoppy character leave this beer nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick. carbonation is good.

Overall an easy drinking porter for 8.5 %.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 00:47:09 | More by shroompod
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Boto

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml. bottle: This one had the "Winter Ale" name on the label. This beer pours a dark, murky opaque brown color. There was a bit of a dark tan head on mine. It subsides quickly and leaves some lacing. Nice nose to this one. Chocolate, caramel, raisins, hints of coffee and other fruits. What a full rounded flavor. Chocolate and coffee up front, but very well balanced with the caramel malts. Very tasty and easy to drink. You have no idea that this is 8.5%.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 20:57:29 | More by Boto
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, the legendary Nogne brews, what a travesty I cannot get these in Tx.

Light black color with a fat dark tan head that just gets creamier and thicker the more I stare at it. Mad lacing!!

Roasty, toasty malty nose with a grassy hop twinge to it. Hints of strawberries, cantaloupe and yeast.

Yes, it tastes like some funky, fruity yeast. Interesting that is has some Belgian (yeast) and German (caramel) characteristics that work really well. Very bready with hints of pine needles, nuts, bananas and roasty malts.

Exceptionally smooth, this is an excellent ale but not sure how true to either a porter or winter warmer it is...perhaps Euro Strong Ale?! A bit on the pricey side, but well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 04:57:49 | More by twiggamortis420
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Ljunkan

Sweden

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at Bishops Arms, Karlstad, together with Bananaman. Also tried it last Christmas eve, and I could definitely see a change since then. This was bottled 13 august last year, If I'm not misstaken.

When the bartender opened the bottle it almost exploded. Some beer poured out at the floor. Weird, you think a year would calm down the beer a bit...

The color is darkbrown with a large foam. It remains in the glass until the beer is finished. Nice.

The smell is of some smoke, chocolate, and some christmas-like spices.

The taste is chocolate, fudge, slightly of coffee, smoke, hints of grapefruit and citrus from the american hops.

Mouthfeel is very fullbodied, creamy and thick.

Nøgne Ø is one of my favourite breweries, and this could be their best beer. It tasted good in december, but tasted even better now in august.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 20:47:34 | More by Ljunkan
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Bananaman

Sweden

4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a great "christmas present" from Nøgne Ø. Didn't get the chance to drink it this christmas so I had it a few days ago at Bishop's Arms - Karlstad.

Dark brown-almost black color with a big beige head that lasts a long time. Lots of sediment in the bottle.

Smells great of some smoke, chocolate, fudge and some nice spices (maybe imaginary 'cause it's a christmasbeer).

Tastes lots of chocolate, fudge, cascade-ish hops, smoke, coffee and a nice hoppiness, pretty sweet beer. 30 IBU is kind of ideal for this type of beer I think.

A new favourite, I will surely buy a few of this next christmas!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 16:00:39 | More by Bananaman
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a dark ruby-tinged mahogany body capped with a huge soft pillow of mocha-colored foam. The head of the drink is extremely fine-bubbled and retains at a creamy sheet, leaving fluffy bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell is roasty and caramel sweet with a solid vibe of fruity, herbal American "C" hops. A dark chocolatey note arises as the drink warms.

The taste is reminiscent of cafe au lait with bold notes of dark chocolate-covered caramels laced with bitter orange and juicy grapefruit. Though the drink lacks the stereotypical mulled spicy character I expected from a "winter ale", the hops and alcohol present a peppery, herbal surprise that fills any perceived gap in the flavor profile very nicely. A touch of coffee and plenty of fruity hops linger in the finish and the aftertaste.

The drink is wonderfully smooth and medium-fullish in body, with just the right amount of carbonation to make it superbly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 14:58:45 | More by cvstrickland
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is big malty, lots of toffee/caramel/chocolate. The taste is malty, slight sweetness, nice notes of toffee/chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from Nogne, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 23:59:24 | More by Wasatch
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cabsandking

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black opaqueness with a thick, creamy cappuccino froth. Thick caramel nose mixes with notes of berries, raisons, and hints of cocoa. Complex malt flavors, caramel, burnt brown sugar, cocoa powder, and licorice. Fruity notes of berries and prunes. Well balanced hops offer up a nice spiciness, bitter, and a bit of pine that ends minty in the finish. Full bodied and a thick mouthfeel thats just shy of chewy and medium carbonation is just perfect. Overall a rich, roasty beer that is a must for the winter.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 05:29:16 | More by cabsandking
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brown pillow head, good lacing. Strong malt notes with some hop undertones. Malt and a hint of oxidation on the taste. Mouthfeel is slightly dry with a decent light bitter finish. Drinkability is good, except for the hint of oxidation. Would be a good pair with something sweet, including chooclate.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 23:57:49 | More by edchicma
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A little over one finger of light beige head that lessens to a ring of foam. The color is a dark nut brown with deep ruddy garnt highlights. The aroma is a roasted and toastd nutty malt with a light hint of green mint chocolate. The first sip si a deep roasted chestnut, walnut, all kinds of nut with a lttl dry chocolae middle and a muted cream, hop, and nesquik finish. Very dark roasted palate with a lightly integrated hop profile. This beer feels just outstanding on the tongue. Hard to not want another bottle of this beer if it wasn't 8.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 05:16:42 | More by scruffwhor
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nickfl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - As the beer pours, one finger of medium brown foam forms on top of the black body. The beer is quite opaque, with only a hint of brownish amber showing around the edges when held up to bright light. The head settles slowly and leaves a small amount of lace in its wake.

S - Nutty, brown malt aroma, complimented by notes of banana, raisins, cinnamon and brown sugar. The overall effect is very reminiscent of spiced baked goods.

T - It begins with a thick, rich malty note with hints of brown sugar. This is followed by clove, nutmeg and some dark fruit. In the middle, roasted malt and chocolate come out and slowly fade into the same nutty, banana bread like character from the aroma. The dark chocolate notes return to linger in the finish along with a some minor hop character and a hint of tobacco.

M - Thick, silky body, high carbonation, and a surprisingly dry finish.

D - This is a complex and impressively drinkable winter brew. The high carbonation and dry finish help to prevent the malt and spice character from becoming cloying in the way they tend to in other winter beers. At the same time, it retains the impressive complexity that is characteristic of Nogne O beers and manages to evoke a distinctly wintry atmosphere for the drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 07:42:14 | More by nickfl
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tmitch75

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago.

Dark color, a shade off of black, with a thick tan head.

Nice roasty smell with a little sweetness. Caramel and raisins. Smells awesome.

Roasty malt flavor too, with coffee and caramel, with an earthy hop presence. A little alcohol too.

Smooth medium- to full body. Very soft in my mouth.

Awesome beer. A nice example of the style and a great cold weather beer.

Tasted on 2/26/08.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 16:19:56 | More by tmitch75
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

winter ale

A- deep brown with a 1/2" tan head, decent retent, settles to a foam ring that holds well

S- dark chocolate, caramel, dark grain cookie

T- caramel malts, rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, bran cookie, pine, pine/caramel/roasted chocolate aftertaste

M- creamy medium body

D- amazing winter brew, absolutely delicious and complex, highly recommedned

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 06:59:19 | More by tonistruth
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a few moments after uncapping, a plug of foam starts slowly creeping up the neck in the bottle. It emerges slowly and I figure now is a good time to get this into a glass. With only part of it poured I wisely hold up as three fingers of foam threaten to push over the sides. It peaks right there and slowly works its way back down. There is a smooth layer on top like melted marshmallows in hot cocoa. Bends and swirls of lace are thrown in haphazard fashion around the lip. The beer has a purplish red cast, but needs a strong backlight to show it.

Aroma - roasted malts with a doughy edge. Has a slightly full feel to it, but fades a little too much after set up.

Taste - nice evenly malt flavor, dark and delicious, not burnt or even toasted much. An undertow of light sweetness helps balance the malt with some notable hop flavor on the swallow and following. No hint of the 8.5% abv, nicely hidden. The aftertaste has a little more hop pronouncement, but not overly so. The finish still has plenty of dark grain character, a late showing of dark chocolate. Abv does start to peek through with warming, it's a nice addition for this sub-20 degree February evening.

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated, releasing some of that works for me. Smooth and gliding, though not heavy.

Drinkability - this is a fine fireside sipper, at 8$ it deserves savoring.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 04:57:47 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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WillieMoe

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful thick brown, with a nice frothy light brown head that sticks around.

It has a gloriously rich aroma, with hints of raisin, caramel and possibly molasses. Has a nice balanced mix.

The taste is much the same as the smell, with a nice mix of dark fruits, caramel, and a sort of mocha highlights. The woody hops are present and balances the malt nicely.

Goes down very smoothly for a porter. A very drinkable beer that is very complex and delightful. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking some up.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 02:23:29 | More by WillieMoe
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, .09 fl oz dark, brown bottle copped for about $7.99 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Special thanks to in-house proprieator Dan Ratti for recommending this one...
First beer from this brewery, and off-the-bat I was really impressed by the outstanding dark black, opaque appearance which included a gigantic foamy and frothy five-fingered head that exhibited some serious staying power...
Smell was likewise powerful with strong nuances of dark chocolate, rich espresso, and strong latte...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma with warming essences of roasted malts, cappuccino, alcohol, and rich cocoa...
One of the best depictions of the style that I've encountered for sure, with an ultra-thick and rich creamy mouthfeel and taste which left nothing to be desired and everything to be appreciated...
The bittersweet and richly flavored cocoa and chocolate flavor was bursting through on this one and really made its presence known...
Excellent stuff... Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 15:16:02 | More by dsa7783
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theformula

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to GeorgiaBeer for the trade!
Beer# 36 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/5.

A: Pours a mahogany (nearly black) body into a tulip glass. A massive khaki head retains really well. Sweet looker.

S: This has a great aroma, very rich & interesting like a good Christmas beer should be. Not so much intense as it is complex. Big caramel malts flex their muscles w/ dark fruits (prune, raisin) and a wood or pine note in there, as well as a semi-acrid tartness. No alcohol is evident. Soft, piney hops.

M: Med. body that's very full and incredibly soft, like velvet.

T: The taste follows the aroma and has a huge flavor profile, rich and fruity. Big, sweet caramel, dark chocolate, black cherry and a woody hop flavor that is nicely bitter and balancing. Alcohol provides some spice.

D: An extremely tasty Christmas beer, one of the best I've had. It has nearly everything: big flavor and complexity, warming yet the alcohol is well-guised. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 23:01:33 | More by theformula
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BoitSansSoif

France

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours rich, dark and thick. It's hard to make out the more detailed hues since the lighting's not particularly illuminating where I am. Respectable head.

S-Caramel and chocolate w/mocha. Deep toasted malt; light hops.

T-Dry dark chocolate is the most apparent trait, w/mocha tones. I also got a hint of fruit, most likely from the hops, and some tobacco-raisin feel.

M-Medium-light in body with faint carbonation. The overall mouthfeel is good, but a little lighter than I expected. Very smooth.

D-Drinks easy and smooth, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 19:32:51 | More by BoitSansSoif
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - Looks black, but it more of a dark brown clor. Crazy fluffy head formed, never seen big bubbles like this. Had a nice tan head that stuck around on the first full glass pour. Little bit of lace stuck, nothing noticeable.

smell - Cofee beans, and chocolate.

taste - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Little bit of bitterness at the end, but I didn't notice it at first.

mouthfeel - Medium-full body.

drinkability - With all the hype on this brand, this was a good find. One of the best English porters I have had. Would buy this again, enjoyed it big time.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 04:44:49 | More by auxiliary
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with full, foamy, cream-colored head and when held aloft to the light -- chunky bits everywhere! This beer is obviously a creature of the night, so please keep it far away from sunshine and harsh, bright lighting.

Smell: Dark malt aroma with notes of dark chocolate, licorice shavings, and a mild roastiness.

Taste: Dark malt flavors of dark chocolate with some roast. Twinge of tart fruits. Sip of cool mint water. Herbal hops. An earthy, roasty bitterness builds as you drink, obscuring the sweeter malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid winter release from Nøgne Ø.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 02:39:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz bottle at Bauer. Popped the cap, turned to grab the glasses, and in that brief time it was foaming all down the side. Quickly poured it into two glasses and let it settle a bit. Pours with a huge head that lasts for quite some time. The color was motor oil black, very opaque. The smell reminded me of a winter porter/ale, bur when I tasted it, this beer reminds me a lot of the Belgian Stout made by De Dolle. A very tasty example of the style, with plenty of coffee notes present. I particularly enjoyed the depth of the mouthfeel. Much richer than other winter beers I've enjoyed. The only other drawback to this beer was the presence of those pesky yeast floaties swirling at the bottom of the glass. A good introduction to Norwegian beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 23:41:54 | More by morebeergood
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly effervescent mahogany/black with 1 finger of tan colored head. Below average lacing & head retention

S: Licorice & coffee, plus some booze & leafy hops, once warm

T: Coffee & roasted malt dominate up front, along with a bit of licorice. Some chocolate & mint, oaky dryness, plus vanilla as this warms. Finishes dry with leafy hops, much roasted grain & baker's chcolate.

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & oilyness

Drinks fairly well for the ABV, a very nice porter. A little too big & complex to session on. A great one for the dessert or cheese & nut course

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 05:01:26 | More by russpowell
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice winter beer. This was among my favorites of the couple of cases of various winter brews I bought this holiday season for friends and family to share. This one pours black with a dense head, fairly high carbonation, and okay retention. The smell has warming spruce and juniper notes as well as a hint of cinnamon. A bready note underpins it all. Taste echoes the aromas. Delicious dark breadiness and spice notes are reminiscent of spice cookies, but the sweetness is quite restrained and there is a bit of that pine note at the end. The mouthfeel is nice and full, but smooth and creamy as well. This one really evokes the feeling of the holidays for me, exactly as I think a Christmas beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 21:08:54 | More by Georgiabeer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pay attention here, this beer is a slow gusher. Meaning if you spend more than 5-10 seconds after popping the cap to pouring the foam will slowly some out like a charcoal snake firework. Oddly when I poured it out it simply left a more than ample head rather than a half glass of foam. Go figure. Very dark brown color, almost dark enough to cover up the few turbid yeast chucks floating in the beer. Subtle yet very pleasing dark malty aroma of toasted cocoa nibs, light molasses and cake batter. So damn smooth with a creamy full body and semi-crisp carbonation. Lots of chocolate and cocoa flavors, slight charred malt and dark roasted coffee in the back. Suggestions of dark fruit (burnt raisins) lead to a mildly warming and deceiving alcohol, deceiving until the beer warms up a little and then there is a clear breath of the 8.5% abv. Finishes dry.

I visited this beer for the first time at the annual Christmas Party @ Track 84 in RI this past December. All I have to say is that at first sip I could not get away from this beer, its not about being perfect its about being a favorite and this beer is certainly up their as an all time favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 05:20:47 | More by Jason
God Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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